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Safety Tips If Your Vehicle Breaks Down

Safety Tips If Your Vehicle Breaks Down

  Having your car breakdown is one of the most dreaded circumstances to be in for any driver, especially when you experience it for the first time. If you are unsure what to do in such a situation, it can lead to collisions. Although it can be highly stressful, the first thing to do is remain calm and follow these safety precautions.    Use Your Emergency or Hazard Lights First and foremost, remember to switch on your emergency or hazard lights. Doing this will signal other drivers on the road that something is wrong and enable them to take precautions when getting by you.   Get Your Vehicle Off the Road If you perceive your car breaking down, it is incredibly crucial to deviate to the road's shoulder. Being on the side of the road is a safe area that will allow you to gather your thoughts and call for help as soon as possible. As soon as you are positioned on the shoulder, turn your car completely off.   S ... read more

What Vehicle Parts Can Potholes Damage?

What Vehicle Parts Can Potholes Damage?

Potholes have been known to cause harm to your vehicle, even though you may respond quickly enough to stop them. While some harm is obvious right away, it can take a while for you to note that your car isn't running as well as it once did. In general, two factors have a significant impact on the type and severity of damage caused by potholes to your car: The intensity at which you pass through the pothole; The depth of the gap in the pavement. What Kind Of Harm Can Potholes Do? Tires The tires are the most fragile part of your vehicle when it comes to potholes. Bulges on the tire rim, profile separation, and a flat tire are all common problems caused by potholes. Uneven tire wear may also occur as a result of incorrect alignment caused by potholes or rim damage caused by a wide or deep pothole in the lane. Wheels Potholes in the road surface can also cause damage to the wheels. Potholes can cause the wheel to bend, chip, or crack, preventing ... read more

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

Driving a vehicle that has worn shocks and struts can be more dangerous than you might assume. Most drivers don't realize how risky it is. It can increase how much time you need to stop and give you less control over your car in general. Since the changes happen gradually over time, it may not even be easy to notice but it's an important thing to pay attention to. What Do Shocks and Struts Do? They can be used independently or together. A shock is an individual part while a strut combines a shock and other parts to make one unit. Their main purpose is to stabilize your vehicle. They're the reason why your ride can feel so smooth even when there are little bumps all over the road. They help you have control over your vehicle and stop you from bouncing all over the road while you're driving. Their lifespan depends on how rough your ride is. If you hit a lot of speed bumps too hard or have a particularly bumpy commute, their lifespan is going to be shorter. Signs of W ... read more

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

Are you getting concerned about the performance of your car battery? Unfortunately, there's no straightforward answer to the question of when to replace it. It's quite difficult to tell the lifespan of a car battery. From experience, many experts agree that how long a battery lasts will depend on three factors: vibration, heat, and time. Let's look at each of these factors closely.   Vibration Cars vibrate when they move, but too much vibration may cause physical damage to battery parts. Vibrations can worsen if the battery is not held down in a fixed position, allowing the battery to move around. Cars have special hold-downs that secure batteries in places. The lifespan of your battery will reduce significantly when you don't have these hold-downs or when they get loose. Heat Heat is one of the factors that affect the rate of chemical reactions. High temperatures mean high reaction rates. When the reaction rate is high, the battery will degrade faster. This ... read more

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

If your vehicle is failing to start, you may ask yourself if your vehicle is suffering from battery issuers or issuers with the alternator. Seeing as the battery and the alternator are connected to each other and benefit from each other to make your car start through the use of electrical charging and gear switching, it can be quite tricky to sense exactly where the problem is coming from. In order for you to narrow down the problem so that you may focus on one issue instead of wasting your time, here are the symptoms of a bad battery issue, as well as the issues with a bad alternator issue. Bad Battery If you crank your engine, and it feels different from the other times you've done it and seems off, you should suspect a battery issue with your car. The reason that a battery may impact the starting of a car and fails to start efficiently, is that corrosion has impacted the battery and your car's battery is not able to connect to the system of your car and make it start up f ... read more

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Brake squeaks are a very common complaint about brakes. These noises are annoying, though they can alert you of impending danger. If your brakes squeal, it better to have them checked by a professional as soon as possible. Brakes are a very important component of your car, and you should treat their malfunction as an emergency. It's advisable to play it safe rather than waiting until it's too late. Qualified technicians will identify the cause of the problem and ensure the disturbing and unpleasant noise from your brakes is no more. What Car Squeal When You Brake Could Signal Car squeal is a way in which your car sends you a message that the brakes need your attention. There are three issues you might be facing here: Your Brake Pads Could Be Worn Out Brake pads do get worn out after some years. Worn-out brake pads are the leading cause of brake squeal. When the brake pads wear out, the metal wear indicator gets exposed, causing the squeaking sound. This sound actually let ... read more

What Causes a Car To Overheat?

What Causes a Car To Overheat?

You are all set and driving for that long weekend at your favorite resort. Suddenly the temperature gauge moves into the red zone, getting you terrified and annoyed at the same time. Your car is overheating, and driving on can lead to serious and permanent damage. When your vehicle overheats, stop driving, figure the cause, or have it towed to an expert. But what causes overheating besides a hot summer day? A damaged radiator Probably the fan is damaged, or the radiator is physically damaged after an accident. A faulty radiator affects how the coolant functions. The coolant may stay too warm, causing overheating. Faulty Hoses Clogged, damaged, cracked, or loose hoses can cause leaking in the coolant, obstructing its flow leading to overheating. A problem with the water pump A water-pump pumps the coolant through the engine absorbing extra heat. If it malfunctions, it impairs the coolant's flow, causing your car to overheat ... read more

Diagnosing a Vibrating Steering Wheel

Diagnosing a Vibrating Steering Wheel

At normal operation, your vehicle should drive smoothly and without issue. You shouldn't find yourself feeling too much of the road's imperfections or every single little bump in the road. However, if you start to feel that your vehicle's steering wheel vibrates excessively, there may be an issue with the suspension system, tires, or wheels. Since many different components can affect the steering wheel, diagnosing the problem can be a little bit tricky. The following are some ways that you can narrow down the issue and understand the cause of your shaking steering wheel.  The most common cause of a shaking steer wheel is the tires or wheels. Tire balance is vital to a steady vehicle and out of balance tires can cause shakiness, uneven tire wear, and more. Tire balance can be an issue if you notice that your steering wheel vibrates at high speeds or gets progressively worse the faster you drive.  The wheel bearings can also be a culprit when it comes to a shaky s ... read more

How Important is Tire Maintenance?

How Important is Tire Maintenance?

Your vehicle’s tires are an extremely important safety feature of your vehicle. They are the only component between your car and the road and help ensure that you are able to accelerate, stop, and turn successfully and safely. Poor tires can cause a number of different issues, ranging from a lack of control to tire blowouts. Good tire maintenance will not only protect you on the road but will also save you money on new tires throughout the years.  A commonly overlooked tire service is proper tire pressure. When your tires are low in pressure, excessive tire wear can occur and blowouts can happen. It isn’t safe to drive with low tire pressure and it is a very easy fix. You can usually do this yourself at your local gas station that provides free air.  If your tires aren’t aligned or balanced properly, excessive wear could be occurring that is severely affecting the overall lifespan of your tires. An alignment and balance are usually required every 6,000 mil ... read more

Does My Car Need Maintenance For the Fall Season?

Does My Car Need Maintenance For the Fall Season?

The fall season definitely comes with its perks - more comfortable weather, gorgeous colors, changing leaves, and cozy nights. While you're making your fall season plans for pumpkin patches and weekend road trips, don't forget about your vehicle! The summer months can take a toll on our cars, causing them to wear down with hotter weather and additional driving. With fall finally here, it's time to start thinking about your fall vehicle maintenance.  Does my car need maintenance for the fall season? The answer is, yes! Fall vehicle maintenance is extremely important when it comes to your safety on the road. This is the time when the weather will begin changing, and you want to be sure that your vehicle will remain reliable when you need it.  So, what exactly does fall vehicle maintenance entail? Let's look at some of the most important items included in a fall vehicle maintenance inspection:  A check of the tires to make sure that they have go ... read more

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